1/2 butter, softened
1/2 C. butter flavored shortening
3/4 C. sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla or your favorite extract - I used almond
2 1/4 C flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt, and then set aside.
Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and shortening. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add vanilla and egg; beat until well combined.
Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture until all is combined.
Load mixture into a cookie press fitted with a round cut-out or fill a plastic baggie with the cookie dough and snip a hole in one corner of the bag. Pipe the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet, forming a Christmas tree: 1 round cookie on top, 2 cookie balls on the 2nd line, 3 cookie balls on 3rd line and end with 4 cookie balls on the 4 line. Make sure the cookies touch but do not overlap. Do not crowd on the cookie sheet. Starting from the bottom, stick a Popsicle stick into the cookie dough ½ way up into the cookie.
Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned around edges. When the cookies have finished baking, allow them to cool on the cookie tray for 10 minutes so that they set up. Move to cooking racks to completely cool before icing.
Once cooled, ice with powdered sugar icing, if desired, using the recipe below. Decorate with candy sprinkles, colored sugar, etc.
Powdered Sugar Icing
2 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or whichever
extract you chose for your cookies
2 tablespoons milk
Mix first 3 ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Divide icing into bowls if using more than one color. Tint icing with food coloring. Decorate cookies.
About the Author:
Tami Rose lives in North Carolina with her husband and 2 children. She is always on the lookout for fun, easy recipes that any
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